Parenting for the Launch What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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Studying for Success: Part Two

9/29/2014 1:52:56 AM

Hopefully you read last week’s post describing four tips for successful exam preparation. (The four pointers were: 1- Know your audience, 2- Take detailed notes, 3- Highlight while you read, and 4- Complete all assigned reading several days before the test date.) If you missed, it, here’s the LINK. Today, I’ll share my last two pointers for becoming a supremely confident test-taker:   5.       Develop your study schedule. This requires estim--- Read More
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Studying for Success: Part One

9/21/2014 4:45:08 PM

College is a huge adjustment from high school in many respects, including academics. Even the stellar high school student who graduated with a 4.0 GPA will likely be challenged (and maybe even struggle) when it comes to certain courses in university. It’s a huge step that requires major planning, because college is a whole new ball game!             I would love to share with you the study method that took my very average freshman year--- Read More
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4 Tips to Help You Accept Constructive Feedback

9/13/2014 9:36:59 PM

How committed are you to correcting your weaknesses and building your strengths? Do you embrace constructive feedback when it comes your way?             Let’s be honest. Most of us love to receive compliments. Who doesn’t love hearing they did a great job on a project, or that the shirt they’re wearing really brings out the blue in their eyes? But criticism?  Not so much. Criticism, even if it’s constructive, c--- Read More
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4 Tips to Help You Accept Constructive Feedback

9/13/2014 9:36:59 PM

How committed are you to correcting your weaknesses and building your strengths? Do you embrace constructive feedback when it comes your way?             Let’s be honest. Most of us love to receive compliments. Who doesn’t love hearing they did a great job on a project, or that the shirt they’re wearing really brings out the blue in their eyes? But criticism?  Not so much. Criticism, even if it’s constructive, c--- Read More
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Reversing the Pattern of Entitlement in Young People

9/6/2014 5:19:54 PM

As I was enjoying a much needed three-day weekend, I was reflecting on how the employment world has become so competitive. It struck me how we have to raise the bar in order just to stay even.   The question is: are we even staying even?          Two groups of people immediately came to mind when considering who could best answer this question: employers of young people and school counselors. After all, they’re the respective “consumer--- Read More
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Positioning Students for Workplace Success

9/4/2014 3:54:30 PM

Are the young people under your supervision—children, students, or employees—prepared to soar in their eventual career? Not just to land the job, but to be a workplace MVP?   With high youth unemployment and all-consuming scholastics and activities driving their schedules and priorities, many of today’s young adults are entering the work force sorely lacking the skills and maturity they need to thrive in the real world. We hear from employers all the time: “They ma--- Read More
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Are You Financially Prepared for Life's Lemons?

8/31/2014 1:24:30 PM

We’ve all experienced unexpected curveballs at some point in our lives, and realistically, we’ll probably experience many more. A lost job. A broken dishwasher. A pay cut. Medical bills. An injury that prevents you from working for several months. A leaky roof. The question is, what will you do in these situations. How will you handle them? Hopefully you’ve planned for emergencies.   According to a 2011 survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 64% of Amer--- Read More
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Helping You Build Tomorrow's Leaders Today

8/23/2014 7:17:06 PM

If you’re an educator or youth mentor, you are probably searching now for new resources to build tomorrow’s leaders.   We’re here to help!   What I Wish I Knew at 18, our innovative leadership and life skills program, provides tools and resources that position young people forreal-world success. It helps students establish a leadership foundation for life — and offers practical insights for key upcoming d--- Read More
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4 Steps for Choosing the Right College Major and Career for You

8/23/2014 6:58:10 PM

Which situation would you rather experience? Working for a company you admire, fully utilizing your skills, building life-long friendships, and having the opportunity to grow professionally, OR hating your job, spending most of your waking hours bored, frustrated, and stressed out, and working for an employer you don’t care for, where you’re not rewarded for a job well done? Obviously the first situation is the right answer, but, unfortunately, far too many people get stuck in a job--- Read More
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My Best Tip for Meeting New People

8/17/2014 11:16:00 AM

Do you thrive on meeting new people? Or, do your palms break into sweat just by the very thought of introducing yourself to a stranger? Whether you like it, love it, or detest it, meeting new people if something we all have to do, and the more comfortable we become with it, the better.   Being skilled at getting to know new people isn’t about winning a popularity contest, being intellectual or funny, or even about being remarkably interesting.  Here’s the scoop: to be wel--- Read More
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Are You Working Too Much?

8/10/2014 1:24:03 AM

There was a time when our economy was driven by manufacturing. In fact, in the town where I grew up, my father and most of my family worked in paper mills. While my father worked very hard and his hours shifted from week to week, when his work was done, it was done. He was able to devote his free time to family and interests by not taking his work home with him. Today’s workplace is completely different. We are now a service economy in the information age. Much of our manufacturing has sh--- Read More
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